John Balzer, Adena Local Schools

John Balzer is Superintendent of Adena Local Schools, a small rural district of 1,200 students in Ross County, Ohio.  Mr. Balzer began his career as a music educator in 1986 and has since been involved in many aspects of public education.  He is one of a rare group educators who still hold a “permanent certificate” for grades 1-8.  He holds a K-12 license for Music, a K-12 Principal License and a Superintendent License.  Mr. Balzer has been Superintendent of Adena Local Schools since 2016, following 30 years with the Jackson City Schools, where he served as both a teacher and administrator.  Mr. Balzer has been very active in advocating for community/school partnerships in Ross County to enhance the quality of education for all students, especially those in families hindered by poverty, drug addiction, trauma and other challenges.

Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

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